There are currently more relationships in wrestling than ever before. The old belief was that wrestlers should avoid dating within the business. Things can get tricky when it comes to having your love interest working alongside you every day. Most relationships in life see partners keep their personal and professional lives separate. However, wrestling is different given the schedule. The road life of being away from home four to five days per week makes it very difficult to date someone that is waiting at home unable to see you. Wrestlers have started to date within the business to spend more time with their loved one that understands the gig.
WWE is currently home to many relationships but there are many others in different promotions. A few relationships actually feature WWE stars dating wrestlers in other companies. Most relationships don’t last long and can lead to negative results. They have to work together and see other despite just suffering heartbreak. That’s the main reason why many older minds believed dating should be avoided. Everyone wants their romance to last in the long run but that is rare. We'll take a look at both sides of the coin with eight wrestling relationships that won’t make it past 2017 and seven that will.
15 Will NOT Survive: Bray Wyatt and JoJo
The recent rumors surrounding the affair of Bray Wyatt cheating on his wife with JoJo are now looking like it has turned into a relationship. Wyatt’s wife allegedly leaving him has opened up the belief that he's now officially dating JoJo. The two travel together as part of the Raw brand, but the potential of a relationship working out in the long run is not a good bet.
14 Will Survive: The Miz and Maryse
The Miz and Maryse have one of the strongest relationships in WWE. Both wrestlers fell in love with each other during Maryse’s first run with the company many years ago before Miz would become a WWE Champion. Maryse left the company shortly after Miz’s success reached a peak. Miz eventually saw his success end with his career falling downwards due to his character growing stale.
13 Will NOT Survive: Enzo Amore and Liv Morgan
One of the lesser known relationships in WWE features Enzo Amore dating NXT’s Liv Morgan. The two wrestlers come from New Jersey and likely connected over that bond when working together in the Performance Center. Unlike Big Cass and Carmella, Enzo and Liv never actually paired on NXT television. Their relationship started outside of the ring.
12 Will Survive: CM Punk and AJ Lee
CM Punk and AJ Lee currently have a very strong relationship outside of WWE. Both wrestlers would leave the company a couple of years ago out of frustration. The relationship and their current bond appears to be stronger than ever. AJ recently released her first autobiography that would become a New York Times bestseller.
11 Will NOT Survive: Zack Ryder and Chelsea
A podcast episode with Zack Ryder and Cody Rhodes being interviewed gave a humorous moment of Rhodes joking that none of Ryder’s relationships last very long. That was proven true in recent years with the wrestling romance between Ryder and Emma ended out of nowhere. Ryder just started posting pictures with new girlfriend Chelsea Green leading to fans realizing he was no longer with Emma.
10 Will Survive: Triple H and Stephanie McMahon
The relationship most likely to never end is the most important one in the wrestling business. There’s a lot at stake for the entire wrestling industry in regards to the marriage between Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. Everyone expects Triple H to eventually succeed Vince McMahon as the person running the shows and the product we watch on television.
9 Will NOT Survive: Austin Aries and Thea Trinidad
The recent news of Austin Aries requesting his release from WWE is not a good sign for his relationship with Thea Trinidad. WWE just hired Trinidad a couple of months ago for a spot in NXT as the manager and love interest of Andrade “Cien” Almas. The timing of Aries leaving the company right after Thea got hired is quite unfortunate.
8 Will Survive: Cody and Brandi Rhodes
Brandi Rhodes joined her husband Cody Rhodes in requesting their releases from WWE about a year ago. Cody specifically wanted a change in the wrestling world to prove how much he could accomplish without the Stardust character. Now, Rhodes is the ROH World Champion, a New Japan star and one of the top stars thriving outside of WWE.
7 Will NOT Survive: Rob Van Dam and Katie Forbes
Rob Van Dam started dating the significantly younger Katie Forbes after meeting her at a smaller independent wrestling show. The timing of his relationship was made public shortly after the news of his divorce from his long term wife of many years Sonya. Van Dam likely having an affair and leaving his wife for a wrestler is not a good sign for the future of this relationship.
6 Will Survive: Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae
One of the most likeable couples in wrestling is Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae. Both wrestlers were independent wrestling stars for many years before Gargano signed with WWE. Gargano is now one of the brightest stars in NXT with a chance to have a great career. Candice still wrestles on the independent circuit but her schedule is lighter since moving with husband Gargano to Orlando.
5 Will NOT Survive: Bubba Ray and Velvet Sky
The relationship between Bubba Ray Dudley and Velvet Sky is still a tough one to process. They have been together for a few years now going back to their time together in TNA. Rumors indicated Velvet may have cheated on former boyfriend Chris Sabin with Bubba leading to a lot of backstage drama. Bubba and Sky are still together today despite the fact that they don’t work together.
4 Will Survive: Jimmy Uso and Naomi
Total Divas has given us a glimpse of many high profile wrestling relationships. The love between Naomi and Jimmy Uso appears to be one of the more authentic ones in WWE today. Naomi is the stepmother to the children Jimmy had in a prior marriage. That would terrify many people entering a relationship with such baggage, but she seemed genuinely happy for it.
3 Will NOT Survive: Paige and Alberto Del Rio
The fact that Alberto Del Rio and Paige are still dating today is pretty hard to believe. Del Rio being 16 years older than Paige made it an unlikely relationship at the beginning. Factor in the controversy surrounding them and you have all the makings for a wrestling romance train wreck. Alberto spends his days cursing out WWE at Global Force Wrestling tapings and challenging Triple H to fights on the internet.
2 Will Survive: Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella
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Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella give us a relationship everyone can root for. The couple seems to be happier than ever following the birth of their child Birdie Joe a couple of months ago. Bryan and Brie have both remained adamant for years that having children was their biggest individual and collective goals together. They're clearly on the same page these days enjoying the difficulties of parenting.
1 Will NOT Survive: John Cena and Nikki Bella
Unlike her twin sister Brie, Nikki Bella’s wrestling romance does not seem as authentic. Nikki and her boyfriend John Cena had a great feud with The Miz and Maryse during WresteMania season earlier this year. The main reason the feud went so well was due to how realistic the insults used by Miz and Maryse were. Miz specifically targeted how phony everything between Cena and Nikki is.
Cena made Nikki sign an extremely deep contract before moving into his home to ensure she would follow his rules. Nikki wants children and Cena remains insistent against it. The fact that Cena proposed to Nikki should be a great sign, but the fact that he used the stage of WrestleMania to do it and help WWE along the way is a bit suspect. It may be a bold prediction, but the lack of true love shown between Cena and Nikki will doom them sooner than later.
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